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I learned something today

Friday, December 02, 2016

On Wednesday Tom and I went to IKEA. I needed a new couch for my family room. It needs to pull out into a bed, but it can't be too big or too heavy. I also wanted to get a display case so I could finally pull out of storage my doll collection - most of them dolls from other countries people have given me when they've traveled. I was so excited.....

Until I unpacked them. It seems my treasures are such treasures anymore - at least not to me. A few things in that 'treasure box' just needed to be thrown away. Memories from some weddings and mostly I can't remember what memories go with which wedding. Out they went. Then some of the dolls were in pretty bad shape - likely the ones I inherited from my Grandmother and mother. They were pitched as well. A few of them were just plain ugly or I had absolutely no memory of them - they are in the Goodwill pile.

This is what is left


At the bottom taking up 2 shelves is my Japanese Geisha doll, which I bought when I was in Japan in 1972. I do love her. On the top is a set of Korean girls on wash day that my 1st husband sent me when he was deployed in Korea - they had a glass case of their own which, after 44 years, I broke today. So they are on top but something will need to be done eventually. The middle shelf are all my Norwegian dolls, including 2 Trolls in the back which you can't really see. Some of these dolls are mine, gifts from grandparents who traveled back to visit family; others came to me while cleaning out my mothers things after she passed away. There is also a doll from Iceland and one from Lapland (which I believe is at the very top of Norway).

The next shelf is my American Indians - some bought in Colorado and others here in Minnesota. A few of these are quite old (nearly as old as me). The top shelf has just some little things I've been given and a doll from the Netherlands one of my bosses gave me. In the back corner are a couple dolls from Mexico from my former in-laws - I can't make them stand up.

I thought I would be thrilled to have them up again but I'm not. There are several I do love and will keep, but I think over time a few more will find their way to the Goodwill. But what I do like is how cozy this room feels to me now. I think it will be a nice home for some sewing and knitting. I've ordered pillows for the new couch - when they come I'll share the rest of the room.

I don't know if it's this darn aging process, or the realization that "things" aren't what make me happy anymore (and probably never did), or just knowing now that my children simply aren't sentimental about these things so once I'm gone they will just be distant memories. But it's getting easier and easier to let go. One thing I do know for sure, I just can't stand the clutter anymore!

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  • FLORIDASUN
    Kathy your room is really coming together...yippee! I know what you mean about things that used to mean so much in the past don't seem nearly as important as we get older. I do love your display case though...and it's nice to have the dolls you most love on display. You are right about probably weeding out a few more as time goes by. I can't wait to see your sofa...sounds lovely. We just received a fabulous leather sofa/sleeper by Natuzzi in the gallery. It's so new it still smells all heavenly like new leather! I wish I needed this baby...but I don't so some lucky person will have it for their home. We have a number of beautiful sofas in the consignment gallery at the moment. It's interesting how the furniture mix varies. It's always some new and interesting item that makes it fun to be there. Keep decluttering....it's SO freeing! emoticon
    1280 days ago
  • CAT-IN-CJ
    How cool is this?!!!! So glad you found a way to display your treasures.

    We have a 'cabinet of curiosities' that has our treasures in it . . . like the Jethro Tull concert program from 1975-76; grandma's vinegar cruet; tons of other stuff that will likely get tossed out when we're gone cos no one will know their special sentimental values. But while we're here, we'll still enjoy looking at them, like you do your dolls..... that's really cool.

    Thank you for sharing this
    1280 days ago
  • DIVAGLOW
    My grandma had dolls and every time when I was little I wanted to play with them. I would wait until she asked me if I wanted to play with them. She recently gave them to me and I need to display them. I had wonderful childhood memories with them.
    1280 days ago
  • USMAWIFE
    the older we get we find it is not about possessions but things like family friends and love
    1280 days ago
  • MARINGAL
    I do like the way you are thinking these days, more and more.....Awesome Kathy! Funny how our taste changes especially when you are growing yourself.....
    1281 days ago
  • RETIREESMITH
    I'm so glad you're satisfied with your decisions. I'm just reaching that point--I'm terribly indecisive, so I often second guess myself. I'm trying to be more decisive, and sometimes that means throwing away because, as you point out, "things" just aren't what they used to be.
    1281 days ago
  • WHOLENEWME2018
    I am going through the same thing right now. I can't tell you how many times I've moved this "stuff" and now it seems to be cluttering my life. I also am throwing quite a bit away.
    1281 days ago
  • FUNNYFACE101002
    Always nice when we can have things our way instead of what we think others will like. I think it is all true. We don't need the clutter and our kids are just going to pitch it. Sometime I hang on to things so they can pitch it and I dont have to. Life is for living.
    1281 days ago
  • HICKOK-HALEY
    That's a nice display case. I too like the doll from Japan.
    1281 days ago
  • RAMONA1954
    Our likes change. We want less clutter. Plus the younger generation isn't into these things. Someone out there will love your dolls. Your room looks nice.
    1281 days ago
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